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>> pelley: tonight, a homecoming of patriots. the state department's dead are honored by the president as the violence that killed them spreads. >> the people of egypt, libya, yemen, and tunisia did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob. >> pelley: reports from nancy cordes, charlie d'agata, and holly will kwrufpls. bob schieffer with our new poll showing who's ahead in the race for the white house. in a candid interview, president obama says he's lost a lot being president. >> the pomp, the circumstance, the title, the air force one, all that stuff probably isn't worth the sacrifice.
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>> pelley: but he tells us the one thing that makes the sacrifice worth it. and steve hartman "on the road" with a chef who serves up a generous portion of kindness. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, "patriots" is the word president obama used to describe the four americans killed in libya as their flag-draped caskets returned home late today. the president, secretary of state clinton, and defense secretary panetta were among those at joint base andrews outside washington to honor the first u.s. ambassador killed in the line of duty in 33 years. a state department information officer and two former navy seals who had been the ambassador's security detail. they were killed tuesday in that attack on the u.s. consulate in
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benghazi, libya. today anti-american violence spread throughout the muslim world, all of it sparked by a once-obscure internet film that ridicules the prophet mohammed. the film was produced in the united states. we're going to go first to nancy cordes with the return of the american dead. >> reporter: the remains of the u.s. ambassador to libya and three others were carried off a military plane and into a hangar where the president and other dignitaries state department staffers and the victims' families waited. the families had met privately with the president and secretary of state before the ceremony. >> this has been a difficult week for the state department and for our country. >> reporter: an emotional secretary clinton paid tribute to each man in turn.
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sphaupb smith joined the state department after six years in the air force. tyrone woods-- known to most as rone-- spent two decades as a navy seal serving multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. glen doherty-- who went by "bub" was also a former seal and an experienced paramedic. >> reporter: she saved for last the ambassador she had hand selected to help the libyan people build a new government. >> i was honored to know ambassador chris stevens. he was known not only for his courage but for his smile-- goofy but contagious. for his sense of fun and that california cool. >> reporter: mrs. clinton condemned the ongoing violence outside u.s. embassies in the muslim world. >> the people of egypt, libya, yemen, and tunisia did not trade
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the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob. >> reporter: president obama called the four victims "patriots who refused to back down in the face of danger." >> to you, their families and colleagues, to all americans know this: their sacrifice will never be forgotten. we will bring to justice those who took them from us. >> reporter: then to the strains of "america the beautiful," the four sets of remains were loaded into hearses to be flown to delaware's dover air base. >> reporter: after forensic testing at dover, the four victims will be laid to rest in their hometowns.
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among them, they leave behind five children and a diplomatic community of thousands that is still in mourning tonight. scott. >> pelley: secretary clinton also said "we will wipe away our tears and stiffen our spines." nancy, thank you very much. today is the muslim sabbath and in 23 countries anger over that internet movie spread from mosques and out into the streets. in sudan at least three people were killed when protesters descended on the u.s. and german embassies. the mob broke down a wall but was forced out by riot police. in tunisia several thousand marched on the u.s. embassy. they set fires outside. some briefly got inside the compound and burned the american flag. police battled back. at least two protesters were killed. one protester was also killed today in egypt and holly williams is in cairo.
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>> reporter: the egyptian police were ready for trouble today. they put up a ten-foot-high concrete barrier, blocking the path to the u.s. embassy. we went to friday prayers at this mosque where the imam spoke about the film that's provoked so much outrage. "they made it to create bad blood between muslims and christians" he said. "we should take this matter to the united nations." many people here are still angry about the film, but the demonstrations in cairo were much smaller than feared. the muslim brotherhood, the islamist group that came to power last year, had called for large protests, but today they called them off and held an uneventful march a tahrir square, the birthplace of the egyptian revolution. now that the muslim brotherhood is running the government, they don't like chaotic demonstrations. one of the slogans that we've heard people chanting here today
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is the word "peaceful." as egyptians look to the u.s. for aid and investment, they know that violent protests are damaging. this morning, the country's president, mohammed morsi, condemned attacks against foreign diplomats and said that muslims have a duty to protect embassies. not everyone in egypt agrees with him. on the road that leads to the u.s. embassy, a few dozen young men threw stones at the riot police brought in to control them. but today an overwhelming majority of egyptians decided it wasn't worth taking to the streets over an offensive film. >> pelley: holly williams is joining us over a relatively peaceful tahrir square in the middle of cairo. holly, why did the muslim brotherhood call off these demonstrations? >> reporter: well, both president obama and the secretary of defense, leon panetta, have had telephone conversations with their egyptian counterparts and we know that they've discussed embassy security. by also the muslim brotherhood
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is not politically naive. they know that violence looks bad and because they're islamists they can say to their supporters with the we know that you're angry, we're angry, too, but violence won't work." >> pelley: quieter in cairo at least for now. holly, thanks very much. correspondent charlie d'agata is benghazi, libya, where the ambassador and the other americans died. he is learning more now about who their killers might be. >> reporter: today the president of libya's national congress visited the crime scene to have a look around. you're confident that the men behind this, the people behind this, will be caught? >> definitely. >> reporter: why, what makes you so confident? >> sooner or later because everyone is determined to. >> reporter: it's still unclear who's behind the attacks but a radical islamic group, ansar al sharia, is considered a top suspect. the group is well known and based in benghazi emerging after the fall of former dictator
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moammar qaddafi. but libya's deputy interior minister said he's looking at a number of different groups. >> (translated): i met members of ansar al sharia that night. they came to me in person and denied all involvement. >> reporter: that same night. and do you believe them? he told us he'd need stronger evidence before placing blame. people had automatic weapons, r.p.g.s, they're wearing flak jackets, this is an organized militant group. this is not something you can identify? you don't know who is responsible? >> there are weapons in every house, he told us, even r.p.g.s. having weapons doesn't mean you're part of a militia. he told us the consulate has finally been closed off to protect the scene. later that day, scott, we were approached by a senior libyan security officer who was on duty that night. he handed us a piece of paper with what he said was the name of a chief suspect in the
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attack. he said that ansar al sharia was responsible, he said 17 of his men were injured in a fire fight that night and he said they simply weren't prepared for such a sophisticated attack. >> pelley: and when he says "sophisticated attack," charlie, what are we talking about? >> reporter: well, he described that the attackers claim and closed off the roads in many vehicles. they were also armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades and they all struck at once. and they were able to get inside the embassy and launch their attacks with other demonstrators who had also gotten into the consulate. >> pelley: thanks, charlie. now, we don't know whether this is related to the muslim protests, but we are getting late word that two united states marines have been killed after taliban militants attacked the main allied base in southern afghanistan. the taliban breached the perimeter of camp leather neck and fired probgt propelled grenades. it is 53 days before election
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day. tonight a new cbs news/"new york times" poll shows just how close the presidential race is. of the people who told us they were likely to vote, 49% said they favor president obama, 46% mitt romney. and that three-point spread is well within the poll's margin of error. and this caught our eye. the portion of all americans-- voters or not-- who say that the country is headed in the right direction. that has increased from 31% last month to 40% now. more than half, 54%, believe we're still headed in the wrong direction. bob schieffer is our chief washington correspondent and anchor of "face the nation." and, bob, what do you make of these numbers? >> well, scott, two things. first, that 40% really jumps out. that is the largest number of people who have thought the country's head had had in the right direction in over three years.
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it's still not a majority but it goes without saying that the more people who think the country is headed in the right direction the better it is for the president, any president. the second thing, the president's message that he is the one who can best help the middle-class does seem to be getting through. a majority in this poll, 54%, said the president would do more to help the middle-class while 53% said that mitt romney's policies favored the rich. it's still a while until the election, but you put all that together and you have to say this is some of the best polling news that the president has seen in quite a while. >> pelley: bob, thank you very much. be watching on sunday when bob's guests on "face the nation" include republican senator john mccain of arizona. the teachers strike in chicago could soon be over. the school board president says negotiators have a framework for a settlement. the strike began monday over issues including job security
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and a teacher evaluation system. if the teachers approve a deal on sunday, they could be back to work on monday. the president tells us about the one thing that makes his job worthwhile. the mars rover is ready for a road trip and the volcano of fire lives up to its name. when the "cbs evening news" continue. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. and every day since, we've worked hard to keep it. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help people and businesses who were affected, and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open for everyone to enjoy -- and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. we've shared what we've learned with governments and across the industry so we can all produce energy more safely.
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for relief from tough headaches. conversations with the presidential candidates. during the republican convention we talked with mitt and ann romney. this week we have our interview with the president and there was a remarkable moment of candor when he told us the sacrifices he makes being president wouldn't be worth it except for one thing. listen for it. he brought it up while we were talking about the bitter deadlock between him and the republicans who control the house. the folks at home are so concerned about washington's apparent inability to get big things done. >> right. >> pelley: how can you assure the american people that you are willing to go halfway and make a compromise with these people that you have apparently such acrimony with? >> scott, i've got to tell you,
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there may be acrimony directed towards me but, you know what? that's not unique towards my presidency. i'm willing to go more than halfway. and i've displayed that. i think that throughout my political career i've shown not only an instinct but a desire to find common ground. what i'm not willing to do is to slash education spending or health care for poor and needy children. and the reason i'm not willing to do that is because it's not going to help the economy grow, independent economists who have looked at it have said this would actually slow down the recovery, it wouldn't speed it up so it wouldn't increase jobs right now. it wouldn't reduce the deficit. my entire interest is to deliver for middle-class families out there that are struggling everyday. and they are working hard and-- you know, one of the things that you learn after you've been in
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this office for a while is the pomp, the circumstance, the title, the air force one, all that stuff probably isn't worth the sacrifice with respect to the time lost from your family, the inability to just take a walk and go out for a drive. what makes it worth it is when you meet some couple that says "you know what? our kid was able to stay on our health insurance plan and it turns out they were just diagnosed with a curable cancer but if they hadn't stayed on our plan we would haven't caught it." that's what makes it worth it. any ideas that are out there-- republican, democrat, wherever it's coming from-- if it can help deliver on that, then i'm going to be right there ready to go. >> pelley: the president's first debate with governor romney comes in 19 days. nasa packs up a space shuttle
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hosting and hobnobbing with orange county's most rich and famous-- until his mother katarina came over to visit from italy and messed up everything. >> oh, mama. >> reporter: as we first reported a couple years ago bruno was on the board of the local boys & girls club and he just wanted his mom to see the place. the club serves a lot of homeless kids who sometimes go hungry. bruno told his mom this and, according to club director mike baker, that was it. >> i heard her in italian-- i believe it was italian-- grab his arm and say some things to him and he just started raising his arms he goes "mama ma, mama, okay, okay!" >> reporter: she basically ordered bruno to feed the kids that night. all of them. >> 70 to 80. >> reporter: bruno says it was a lot of food to give away but mama wouldn't leave the kitchen until he did it. >> that was april 18, 2005. it's happened everyday since. >> are we hungry? >> yes! >> reporter: though not even
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mama expected him to do it more than once. bruno has since served about a quarter of a million very nice meals. >> here we have some of the poorest children in anaheim eating from one of the most exclusive restaurants every single night. >> reporter: bruno says the kids are now by far his favorite customers. >> you have to see to believe it. >> reporter: only here do his profiteroles get this kind of reaction. he says it makes all the sacrifice worthwhile and there has been sacrifice. bruno has had to refinance his restaurant. you refinanced your home? >> my house also, yeah. >> reporter: how can you keep feeding these kids? >> how can i stop? >> reporter: using that same logic he now does even more. >> why should i not? you want to see the surprise? >> reporter: since our last visit bruno has gone from feeding to housing as well. this family from the boys & girls club had been living in a motel. the mom, like a lot of working poor, could never save the first and last month's rent required to get her own place.
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which is why bruno has been holding fund-raisers to cover that cost for people. >> awesome! >> awesome! (laughs) >> reporter: so far he's made the dream come true for 20 families. and there will be more. in fact, bruno says he'll continue helping these families right up to the day he goes to heaven. >> oh, i know i'm going to heaven. >> reporter: (laughs) >> i know i'm going to go first class, champagne, caviar, one way, no stop. that's for sure. >> reporter: just don't book it yet, bruno. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: stev steve hartman, "on the road," in anaheim, california. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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we begin with breaking news. rockets and rocket propelled grenades were used in an insurgent attack. more on that at 11:00. meantime just hours ago president obama spoke emotionally of patriotism and sacrifice as the bows of four americans killed -- the bodies of four americans killed in attacks in libya were brought back to this country. we have more from cbs news' danielle nottingham. >> reporter: marines carried the caskets of the four americans killed in libya off a c-17. inside a hangar at andrews air force base president obama paid tribto


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